Cricket: Outcasts suffer hefty defeat

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Outcasts fell to a 46-run defeat against Louth in the Lincolnshire County League – just seven days after recording a 111-run win against the same opponents.

Louth were invited to bat first on a cloudy afternoon that might have been more suited to bowling rather than batting but the visitors made a terrific start as Mike Searle and John Medler scored freely.

They put on 50 for the first wicket before Searle was bowled by Graeme Fletcher for 13.

After a steady showing with the bat, Zeesham Ahmed was beginning to find his form and along with Liam Taylor proceeded to add an unbeaten stand of 72.

Ahmed took his score past fifty, then the total went past 200 as Louth took complete control before finishing on 222-5.

Outcasts’ reply got off to a dreadful start as they quickly found themselves floundering on 13 for 4.

Scott Buttrick and Peter Tait steadied the ship for a while with a stand of 45 until the former was trapped lbw.

Outcasts were then reduced to 96-7 after Buttrick, Russell Fletcher and then Tait (54) went cheaply.

Tom Sharpe and Liam McAnaney chipped away at the total before the former was bowled.

His replacement at the crease, Jonathan Wroot then hit an impressive 27 from just 21 deliveries before being caught by Mike Searle.

McAnaney and Graeme Fletcher took the total to 176 with McAnaney in particular playing some exquisite shots before eventually going for 24 when edging to the keeper off Dwyer as Louth wrapped up a well earned maximum points victory.

Oucasts are next in action on June 29 when league leaders Broughton visit Hirst Priory.

l Outcasts Seconds suffered a 3 wicket defeat at South Kelsey, leaving them near the foot of the Third Division league table.